September 29, 1991

blue guitar on stand at auction

This date shook the core of music and birthed the beginnings of the grunge scene into the mainstream. Enter Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on MTV’s 120 Minutes. September 29, 1991 – a day that will live forever.

The sound Nirvana provided altered the course of music history as we know it. They trailblazed the path for a whole new genre, culminating elements from numerous other genres and developing a culture that would forever be emblazoned on the minds of all.

Without going into massive amounts of detail (there are plenty of resources out there to read/watch about everything Kurt Cobain and Nirvana), this post is merely going into the recent auction of Cobain’s guitar. Originally it was thought to maybe fetch $600k. Surprising all, his 1969 Fender Mustang guitar from their “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video pulled down $4.5 Million at Julien’s Auctions.

In one of his final interviews with Guitar World, he went on to say, “I’m left-handed, and it’s not very easy to find reasonably priced, high-quality left-handed guitar. But out of all the guitars in the whole world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite. I’ve only owned two of them.”

This guitar was used in the recording of the “Nevermind” and “In Utero” studio albums, as well as a slew of world performances.

Other items at the auction from Cobain included his 1974 Dodge Dart, his drawing inspired by Iron Maiden (Eddy) on a skate deck, and original artwork by Cobain depicting Michael Jackson. In 2020, Cobain’s guitar from the MTV Unplugged show sold at the same auction house for $6 Million – the world’s most expensive guitar sold at auction, ever.


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